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Cooperation Makes it Happen: NEDRA Panel Discussion at Assumption College

  • Thu, March 10, 2016
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • La Maison Auditorium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609
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Pre-registration for this program is now closed, however, on-site registration is available, or you can contact us at Office@NEDRA.org with any other questions

Cooperation Makes it Happen:  

NEDRA Panel Discussion at Assumption College 

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

La Maison Auditorium

Assumption College

500 Salisbury St

Worcester, MA 01609


Join NEDRA for a panel discussion on best practices for collaborating with colleagues across your development operation. Ian Wells of Ian Wells Associates will moderate a panel of development professionals with deep experience in prospect research, prospect management, advancement services, corporate and foundation relations, and the leadership of development teams. Panelists include Gary A. Carskaddan (Director of Development, College of the Holy Cross), Diane Garvey (Senior Research for Prospect Management, Smith College), Charity Jovanovic (Director of Prospect Research, City Year), and Maureen Trafford (Advancement Services Director, Smith College).

Faculty Bios:

Ian T. Wells, President, Ian T. Wells & Associates

Ian T. Wells is the president of Ian T. Wells & Associates, a consulting firm providing research and advisory services to non-profit organizations in New England and New York. He also serves as the secretary of the New England Development Research Association, and is the chairman of NEDRA’s Volunteer Committee. Ian previously served as the director of prospect development at Boston College, and prior to that, held positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Since founding his company, Ian has worked with organizations of all sizes to help them with their development research needs, including proactive prospecting, providing detailed individual research, and developing comprehensive portfolio management protocols from scratch. Ian lives with his family on the North Shore of Massachusetts.


Gary A. Carskaddan, Director of Development, College of the Holy Cross

Gary A. Carskaddan has worked nearly his entire career at Holy Cross since 1989 when he was hired as the assistant director of housing.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Rider College and his master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont. During his first eleven years at Holy Cross, Gary worked in student affairs eventually becoming assistant dean of students and director of residence life. He was active in professional associations and served as the conference chair for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  In 2000, he moved to development as the director of parent giving.  In 2002, Gary was asked to serve as the interim director of the Holy Cross Fund and was named director two months later. In 2010 Gary became the director of development. Gary lives in Worcester with his two children, Adam 21, and Paige 19 who are presently in college.

Diane Garvey, Senior Researcher for Prospect Management, Smith College

Diane Garvey serves as Senior Researcher for Prospect Management at Smith College, where she has been employed for nearly twenty-five years.   During that time, she has participated in three campaigns and collaborated with eight directors of major gifts on prospect management policies and procedures.  For the past several months Diane has also served on an internal CRM implementation committee.   Additionally, Diane works closely with her three Research colleagues to provide donor analysis and intelligence to twelve gift officers, the department, and the wider Smith community.   

Charity Jovanovic, Director of Prospect Research, City Year
Charity Tubalado is Director of Prospect Research for City Year, Inc.  She and her small, but mighty team support City Year's 25 locations across the country with prospect research and market analysis.  Charity holds a M.P.A. from Cornell University with a specialization on International Security and a B.A. in French & Political Science from the University of Florida (go Gators!).

Maureen Trafford, Advancement Services Director, Smith College

Maureen Trafford serves as the Advancement Services Director at Smith College, managing the Development Gifts and Records and Advancement Systems units. Maureen has a particular focus on compliance, data access, data integrity, and operational improvement projects leveraging technology.  Maureen is responsible for the integrity, procurement, and retrieval of data housed in the Banner Advancement module, Nolij electronic records system and other data storage systems that support the work of Development and the Office of Alumnae Relations.  Prior to her role at Smith College, Maureen served as a Philanthropic Services Associate at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, where her role focused primarily on fund administration and donor services.   


Registration and Networking

1:30 – 2:00 PM


2:00 – 3:30 PM

Water/soft drinks and assorted cookies will be available.


Early Bird Pricing (through 3/4/2016)

Members:  $50

Non-Members:  $85

After 3/4/2016

Members:  $85

Non-Members:  $125

Directions to Assumption College:

From the North

Take I-495 or I-190 to I-290 West into Worcester to Exit 18-Ware, Framingham, Route 9. Bear right from the exit ramp onto Lincoln St. Bear right onto Concord St. which becomes Salisbury St. Continue on Salisbury St. for about two miles through the intersection at Park Ave., bear left at the Forest St. fork and right at the Flagg St. fork. Assumption College is on your right.

From the South, East or West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 10-Worcester/Auburn Exit and follow I-290 East to Exit 17-Ware, Framingham, Route 9. Turn left from the exit ramp onto Belmont St. (Route 9). Go down the hill and through the intersection at Lincoln Square to the top of the next hill. Turn right onto Harvard Street. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Salisbury Street. Continue on Salisbury St. for about two miles through the intersection at Park Ave., bearing left at the Forest St. fork, and right at the Flagg St. fork. Assumption College is on your right.

From the Southeast

There are two options.  Take I-495 to I-290 to Exit 18-Ware, Framingham, Route 9, then follow directions "From the North" above; or Take 195 to Providence, I-95 North to 146 to I-290 East to Exit 17-Ware, Framingham, Route 9, then follow directions "From the South, East or West" above.


Once you enter through the gate continue to the right of the pond. There will be a parking area straight ahead. Walk up to the circle drive to the main doors of La Maison. Room will be on your right.  (Entrance on right side of building is handicapped accessible).

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